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A bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Louis

The mighty Mississippi was once named ‘River of the Immaculate Conception.’ Here’s why

Dec 4, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

“Immaculate” is not a word most people would use to describe the Mississippi River’s famously muddy waters. But Father Jacques... Read more

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The hidden message in ancient ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent

Dec 4, 2022

By Katie Yoder

An emeritus Texas bishop is highlighting an Advent message hidden in the O Antiphons — prayers that are said in... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021.

Pope Francis: It’s never too late to begin again

Dec 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Let us not let this Advent go by like days on the calendar, because this is a moment of grace,”... Read more

The Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, 2022.

PHOTOS: Vatican Christmas tree lighting ceremony 2022

Dec 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican's Christmas tree is adorned with ornaments made by children at a psychiatric rehabilitation center in Italy. Other decorations... Read more

A 17th-century Japanese depiction of St. Francis Xavier, from the Kobe City Museum collection.

The unlikely hero of India: St. Francis Xavier 

Dec 3, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Today’s feast celebrates the life of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and missions, who led an unlikely... Read more

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More clergy accused of child sexual abuse in California as important deadline nears

Dec 2, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

As California’s three-year window to file child sex abuse lawsuits past the statute of limitations nears its conclusion, 66 Catholic... Read more

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Pope Francis’ watch auctioned off and proceeds set a world record

Dec 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The LaViolette Scholarship Foundation auctioned off a Swatch Once Again watch Nov. 30 that Francis had worn for much of... Read more

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Vermont to allow religious schools to use state assistance after settling lawsuit

Dec 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

State and local government officials agreed that Vermont’s exclusion of religious private schools from the program is unconstitutional and unenforceable. Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative

Meet Lorie Smith, the Christian artist with a Supreme Court free speech case

Dec 2, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in her case — 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis — on Monday, Dec.... Read more

Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way

Process of beatification begins for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of Neocatechumenal Way

Dec 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The beatification and canonization process for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, officially opens this Sunday. Read more

Police and residents of Wumat, a farming town 45 miles south of Jos, Nigeria, arrive to survey damage and help survivors of a terrorist attack on Nov 22, 2022.

Despite incessant attacks, Nigerian Catholics keep their faith

Dec 2, 2022

By Douglas Burton, Masara Kim

Attacks by groups of Islamist militia variously called “herdsmen,” “bandits,” or “unknown gunmen” increasingly victimize farming towns in Nigeria. Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako

Iraqi government must support Christians, Chaldean Catholic patriarch says

Dec 2, 2022

By ACI MENA

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Sako warned that if the government doesn’t change its policies it could spell the end... Read more

Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino

Former Colombian guerrilla fighter sentenced in murder of Catholic archbishop

Dec 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino was murdered on March 16, 2002, by two hitmen on a motorcycle who were paid by... Read more

Thomas Sternberg speaking at a press conference for the German "Synodal Way" on Sept. 30, 2021, in Frankfurt.

German Synodal Way designed to create ‘pressure’ on the Church, founding president says

Dec 2, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Thomas Sternberg, former president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, said the process wanted to achieve changes to Church... Read more

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022

Pope Francis: The effects of the war in Ukraine are being felt all over the world

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 8, 2022.

Ukrainian archbishop appeals for release of Catholic priests captured by Russian troops

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Two Catholic priests captured by Russian troops are “being tortured without mercy,” the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church... Read more

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Cuban priest: Dignity comes from God, not the government

Dec 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Alberto Reyes, a priest in Cuba, recently shared a reflection on Facebook about human dignity as experienced in his... Read more

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti has gained thousands of followers on social media after sharing the wisdom he has gained as an exorcist on online platforms.

Exorcist says porn addiction ‘an opening to the demonic,’ despite German priest’s controversial denials

Dec 1, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington, has been a licensed psychologist for 30 years. Read more

Ruth Prats offers a reflection on her relationship with Father Otis Young before Mass in June 2022.

Former parish employee identified as second victim of Louisiana double homicide

Dec 1, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Ruth Prats, 73, worked for Father Otis Young when he was pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, Louisiana. Read more

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Indiana AG files legal complaint against abortion doctor who performed a minor’s abortion

Dec 1, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has asked the state’s medical licensing board to discipline the doctor who performed an abortion... Read more